Bibl450 Paper #1 Daniel's 70 Weeks of Prophecy

Topics: Jesus, Jerusalem, Prophet Pages: 7 (2440 words) Published: May 11, 2013


A Research Paper
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Table of Contents
The beginning of the Christian3
Coming of Messiah5
Counting of Weeks and Messiah7
Why Daniel’s Prophecy is Disregarded8



Angel Gabriel in about 538 BC gives the Prophecy of seventy weeks in this text. The establishment of the kingdom of the Messiah would be in 69 weeks after the commanding of the restoration and building of Jerusalem. The word Shebua or week in the Hebrew language meant weeks, but all scholars come to an agreement that it meant four hundred and eighty three years, which is sixty-nine multiplied by seven. The Commencing of counting according to the text is in the year 458 BC, which is the seventh year of the King Artaxerxes of Persia. The king, during this year, issued an order that Ezra begin his journey to Jerusalem on the first day of the first month. According to current calendars, it would be 8th of April[1].

The beginning of the Christian

The Christian era began soon after 457 years and nine months of this time. At around the time of 26 AD, John the Baptist starts his assigned ministry and he baptizes Jesus, who later the same year, began his ministry too. The prophecy dictates that the Messiah, or the Anointed One’s, killing would be on the seventieth week, or after three and a half years. During this time, the city and the temple of Jerusalem would face destruction. Daniel was a captive of Babylon since 606. As Daniel was praying for the restoration and redeeming of his people, the Angel of the Lord came to him and made it clear the exact time of the long- awaited Messianic Kingdom. The following is a detailed verse-to-verse, word-to-word explanation of the prophecy of the coming of the Messiah[2]. Verse 24 states that, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and anoint the most holy.” The verse specifically reveals that time of accomplishment of the prophecy is 70 weeks. The number seventy is very symbolic in this text and not just a number. First, seventy is a multiple of ten and according to Genesis 31:7 signifies completeness. Secondly, seven is a number that signifies divine perfection as stated in Genesis 2:3. The punishment of sin being the suffering for 70 years, and response to Peter’s question on forgiveness that we should forgive until 70 times is a major theme in this verse. It is clear that transgression and sin will be common until the emergence of the Messianic Kingdom. According to the Hebrews, the word week meant years or weeks of days (Shabuim Yomim). Therefore, seventy weeks meant 70 times 7 or 490 years until fulfilment. Only Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the prediction of a holy ruler in a perfect kingdom. His own people or those of the Anointed One (Acts 10:38) and the Holy one are his children, and the fruit of his suffering and death on the cross. Through free justification by Grace and anointing under the new covenant, they become just as righteous as He is (I John 3:5-7). The spotless Lamb slain before the world began (Revelation 13:8), who from the beginning to the end of this world, all sin-ended, reconciliation and atonement achieved, Abraham rejoiced on seeing (John 8:56). According to Hebrews 3:1 the holy brethren or otherwise referred to as saints in Romans 1:7 comprise the true temple of God (I Corinthians 3:16, 17) that is also the body of Christ according to Ephesians 1:22 and 23[3].

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